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Initial Public Offerings: The mechanics and performance of IPOs by Arif Khurshed

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Chapter 2: A History of IPOs

In this chapter I look at the regulatory and administrative history of UK IPOs. This includes a focus on share trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and a discussion of some important UK and international IPOs that have come to the market in the last few years. The chapter also includes a brief history of IPOs in the UK since 1945.

2.1 The London Stock Exchange

The London Stock Exchange is one of the oldest stock exchanges in the world and one can trace its history back to 17th century coffeehouses, which is where organised trading of marketable securities first took place. However, it was not until 1801 that the modern stock exchange was born.

Today, LSE is the largest stock exchange in Europe and the ...

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